Stories about "Commencement"
‘Be someone who builds trust,’ Dr. Nirav Shah tells seniors at 156th Bates College Commencement

Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:09 pm

“We treat those with different beliefs not just as incorrect, but as ignorant," said Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and a luminary in the state’s COVID-19 response. "Don't do that," he told the seniors. Instead, "be someone who builds trust."

Q&A: Commencement senior speaker learned to plant seeds of her own confidence

Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:05 pm

Senior speaker at Commencement on Sunday, Teresa Chico '22 talks about her experience as a first-gen student, how she's like a certain plant, and why she claps really loud when a cup is dropped in Commons.

Bates set to honor Class of 2022 at all-together, all-welcome Commencement 2022

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6:12 pm

For the first time since 2019, a Bates senior class will march as one from Alumni Walk to the Historic Quad to celebrate Commencement. Here's what you need to know.

Dr. Nirav Shah, leader of the COVID-19 public health response in Maine, to deliver 2022 Bates Commencement Address, joined by honorands Michael Bonney ʼ80, Nikki Giovanni, and the Rev. Becca Stevens

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 1:11 pm

As director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shah emerged as a trusted and valued source of public health guidance, wisdom, and compassion during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sitting with Desmond Tutu on Bates Commencement day

Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:54 am

Trish Morse '60 recalls Commencement 2000, sitting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Coram Terrace, watching the academic procession arrive, and talking — a conversation she recalls often, particularly after learning of his death in December.

Aiming for ‘different’: the story behind the 2021 ivy stone

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 11:07 am

A Bates tradition since 1879, class ivy stones tend to feature familiar elements year to year. Now it's time for something complete different.

Picture story: ‘Gems of love, gems of endurance’ at Bates Commencement 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:21 pm

The immersive photography of Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo shines brightly in this picture story about Commencement 2021 on May 27.

Video: Complete 2021 Commencement video

Friday, May 28, 2021 12:38 pm

Full video of the two Commencement ceremonies — morning and afternoon — on May 27, 2021.

Campus scenes on Sept. 8, 2020.Beverly Vari and Hoi Ning Ngai, colleagues at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work, hold their weekly check-in meeting on the Historic Quad.Besides talking strategy and tactics — from how to expand employment opportunities for students to following up on summer internships — they also “catch up on how we’re engaging in self-care — especially given the challenges of operating in a pandemic,” says Ngai. Prioritizing health and well-being is not just personal: “It’s a way to model that mindset for students as they become professionals.”
‘I hate grass’: Confessions, quirks, and authenticity from Hoi Ning Ngai’s Baccalaureate Address

Friday, May 28, 2021 11:15 am

"Be comfortable embracing all of your strange and special qualities — and all of the people who love you for them," said Ngai in an address that shared

The College's 155th Commencement will look a little different, but most of it remains the same.The chairs on the Historic Quad, walking across the steps of Coram, your classmates and friends, family, and representatives of the faculty are here. This certainly has been a challenging year, but we know it was also filled with joys and successes.You have all worked so hard to get to this day and we are ready to celebrate your accomplishments.To members of the Bates community and beyond, we invite you to join the celebration with as it streams live on our website at bates.edu/commencement/live and on our Facebook page.Parents and loved ones, if you wish share memories or congratulate your student, use the #Bates2021 hashtag and we'll share our favorites!⁣Link to watch our livestream is in our bio. ⁣(Theophil Syslo/Bates College)#Bates2021 #BatesCollege #Commencement #Classof2021
With a doubleheader Commencement on May 27, Bates celebrates Class of 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:02 pm

After a year's absence, Bates celebrated an in-person Commencement on May 27, featuring two ceremonies on a bluebird day with all the comforts of familiar rituals, including words of wisdom and love.

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